Local Level Election 2079- Violation of Code of Conduct by Political Parties

  May 5, 2022 By: INSEC

As the local level election 2079 approaches, the political parties have been increasingly violating the election code of conduct. During the monitoring conducted by INSEC representatives, it was found that the political parties have not fully complied with the election code of conduct.
The incidents of clashes between the cadres of political parties have also increased in recent days.
In Baitadi district, CPN-UML cadres attacked Hariram Saud, 60, of Dilashaini Rural Municipality-5, a candidate for the post of CPN-Maoist. Two CPN-UML cadres have been injured in a clash between CPN-Maoist and CPN-UML cadres at Bhim Dutta Municipality-19 in Kanchanpur district on May 4.
The monitoring of INSEC representatives has found that such unpleasant incidents are because of the violation of the election code of conduct by political parties and their cadres.

According to INSEC Kailali representative Mainamoti Chaudhary, as the local level election is approaching, the political parties have intensified their election campaign by violating the code of conduct. Despite the commitment of the political parties not to violate the election code of conduct, since the day of registration of nominations for the local level elections on April 24 and 25, the political parties have been using bazaar, miking, four-wheeled vehicles, motorcycles, use of children, flags, banners and posters.
Sub-section (18) of Article 12 of paragraph 4 of the Election Code of Conduct 2078 states that the rally should not be organized using any kind of graffiti, four-wheelers, motorcycles, bicycles, wheelbarrows, rickshaws, canoes, and other vehicles. Despite the commitment of various political parties to abide by the election code of conduct, most of the political parties have been found to be engaged in election propaganda against the code of conduct, according to the monitoring conducted by INSEC.In the interaction program on the role and commitment of stakeholders for clean, impartial and fearless local elections jointly organized by INSEC, National Human Rights Commission and Election Office in Dhangadhi on April 20, the leaders and representatives of political parties in the district expressed their commitment to abide by the code of conduct.

According to INSEC Dadeldhura Representative Bhupendra Bista, Dilliraj Joshi, who is contesting for the post of Mayor of Amargadhi Municipality on behalf of the Nepali Congress, has been campaigning against the election code of conduct using two vehicles with Indian number plates. Joshi, a candidate for the post of mayor, was found carrying two Scorpio vehicles (UK3TA0806 and UK3TA0740) in violation of the code of conduct during the election campaign.The Election Code of Conduct stipulates that the vehicles registered in Nepal may be operated by the direct candidate for election purposes with a maximum of two light vehicles approved by the Office of the Election Officer.

According to INSEC Darchula Representative Narendra Singh Karki, Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment of the Sudurpaschim Province Man Bahadur Dhami has been participating in the election campaign for over a year to win the ruling alliance’s candidate against the election code of conduct. The minister is from Naugad rural municipality ward no. 1. Minister Dhami has been continuously campaigning and he has also addressed the election rally held in Dhuligada and Sundamund on May 3 and Sipti on May 4.
According to the election code of conduct, the ministers of the province government should not engage in propaganda for or against any party or candidate. Chief Election Officer Komal Prasad Acharya said that he had not received any written information about Minister Dhami’s violation of the code of conduct.

INSEC Sudurpaschim Province Office, Kailali